Man accused of setting fire to NJ mansion now faces murder charges

Man accused of setting fire to NJ mansion now faces murder charges

Man accused of setting fire to NJ mansion now faces murder charges

Workers in the area frequently saw Paul Caneiro there.

The county prosecutor's office would not comment on the murder charges Thursday morning.

The details of the heinous crime spree came just hours after Monmouth County prosecutors filed murder charges against Paul Caneiro in the November 20 eruption of violence in Colts Neck and Ocean Township, New Jersey.

"After murdering his brother's family, Paul Caneiro set fire to the Colts Neck house at 15 Willow Brook Road in an effort to hide or disguise his crimes", Gramiccioni said.

Paul Caneiro then set the mansion ablaze "in an effort to hide and disguise" his crimes, before returning to his own home at 27 Tilton Road in Ocean Township's Wayside section with items from the crime scene, where he started two fires outside the structure at about 5 a.m., Gramiccioni said, declining to elaborate on those items of evidence.

He said Keith Caneiro's wife, Jennifer, was shot and stabbed and that the two Caneiro children, Jesse, 11, and Sophia, 8, were repeatedly stabbed with a knife.

The family was found dead Tuesday, Nov. 20, when firefighters responded to a blaze at their Colts Neck home.

The brother of the New Jersey man who was found dead - along with his wife and kids - in a mansion inferno has been charged with their murders.


Honecker has not commented on the reports on the new charges.

Paul Caneiro, 51, of Ocean had been in custody already on suspicion of setting fire to his own home November 20, the same day Keith Caneiro, 50, was found dead with his wife Jennifer, 45, their 11-year-old son Jesse and their 8-year-old daughter Sophia.

"That fire was a ruse to make it appear as if the overall Caneiro family was somehow targeted", Gramiccioni said.

Anyone with information about the Ocean Township fire is urged to call Detective Brian Weisbrot of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Detective Christopher Brady of the Ocean Township Police Department at 732-531-1428.

He was previously charged with second-degree aggravated arson after he allegedly set his own home on fire just hours before his brother and family were found dead at their home.

Caneiro's attorney, Robert Honecker, last week defended his client against the initial arson charge and any additional charges. "He fully expects to be vindicated when this case finally resolves".

Paul Caneiro was charged last week with aggravated arson stemming from the fire at his house.

The brothers were business partners who owned a technology company and a pest control company. "Have no reason to believe that's the case, think it was targeted".

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